Subscription Software May Soon Replace Shrink-Wrap Boxes
Seattle Times (08/13/00) Vol. 104, No. 32 p.N3; Andrews, Paul

Software bought as a single product, either at a store or from the Net, could be replaced in the future through subscription services, in which users would pay to use software over the Internet and store files online. While some may balk at this scenario, one benefit could be that different types of users could get different kinds of software. For example, accountants could get word processors optimized to handle ledgers, tables, and similar features that are not necessarily what other users prefer. Microsoft is likely to ease into that service by offering users the right prices and marketing to convince them to pay for services online; this could begin by adding more features to the Hotmail service.

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